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The man sat outside the train station, directly across the exit from where people poured out. It was the evening hour and beaten down office workers were retreating home. Peanut hawkers milled about, coaxing slender paper cones filled with roasted, … Continue reading

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Am I in a town or city?

Is Aurangabad a city? I was asked the other day by a friend who lives in one. Not exactly, I said, though it’s not really such a small town anymore either. That got me thinking. What makes a city? Of … Continue reading

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The uncomfortable presence of a farmer in a city

It was a few minutes before 9 am, and I loitered outside the local kirana (grocery), waiting for it to open. At that hour, when the world was just about getting going in a small town like Aurangabad, a couple … Continue reading

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